Category Archives for Plano Business

How to Choose a Quality Preschool

Choosing a childcare can be an overwhelming process. There are too many options and it is not easy to discern which is the best choice for your child. Thankfully, there are a few resources available that should allow you to see through the true strength of a childcare’s offering.

But first, you must ask yourself what is important to you. Beyond the basics of safety and cleanliness, how important is curriculum to you? And if the curriculum is important, how does the center implement their program. Does the owner decide the curriculum or is there an expert team that designs the curriculum? Does the curriculum have proven results?

The State of Texas has an extensive list of regulations that have been developed over decades of experience. These rules have been developed based on things that went wrong, so those same experiences are not repeated. Unfortunately, not many centers do a great job in following Licensing standards. The good news is that you can search the compliance history of any child care by visiting this link and searching for the Texas child care:  This link will show you any deficiencies the center has had and how serious the deficiencies were.

 

 

Most important though, is the feeling you get when you tour a facility. Here are a few questions to think about when you tour a childcare facility?

  • What did you think about the ownership and management? Are they all about the money or do they have a passion for childcare? What about the teachers?
  • What do online reviews say about the childcare? Are those genuine reviews? Beware of campaigns that artificially boost online reviews.  Ask them about a recent customer who has written a review.
  • Try talking to current customers to get the good and the bad
  • Did the center focus on safety and cleanliness? What processes are used for keeping the center clean? What processes are used for ensuring proper hygiene? What processes are used for changing diapers? Does the center have a safe sleep policy for infants?
  • What processes do they use to drive learning? Is there evidence of learning in the center?
  • Are there any audit processes to keep the center running to some standards?
  • In the prices charged, are there other hidden fees that may not be apparent (supply fee, activity fee, etc.)? Are there any activities that are included in the program (for e.g. dance, music, yoga)?

A thorough process of review should help you separate hype from reality!

 

A great place to consider is The Learning Experience at Plano or Allen for your child’s education. They believe in offering a quality product to their customers. When you come into the center, ask about the specials for Planomoms that they are running. If you register on the same day you tour, they will give you a $50 discount on registration if you print this page and bring to them (offer ends 10/31/17). We would also encourage you to follow this process of selecting a childcare to find one that cares for your little one like you do yourself!

 

Anne Bertelson Photography: Capturing Magic

Anne Bertelson is a Plano newborn, child and family photographer specializing in magical moments. She is so grateful that you’re here to learn more about her and the love she has for photographing little ones.  The big picture is honestly quite easy to paint.  She sees splendor in the mundane.  She finds contentment in simplicity.  Her age belies a very old soul.  And photography is her heart.

With phone cameras so readily available, it’s easy to capture the memory, but not the feeling in it. And that’s what memories are made of, isn’t it? That’s where Anne come in. When she looks into the eyes of a child, she sees perfection peering back at her from beneath sooty lashes. Emotions jump and play with abandon across their unreserved faces and her gift and greatest pleasure is capturing each one with her camera, saving the memory for all the ever-afters.

Just like your children, she can still vividly remember making endless fairy chains in the backyard while the warm summer sun cast shadows around her daydreams.  She remembers the days of tulle skirts tickling her knees and thoughts of glittering fairy dust tripping gleefully through her head. And she wants to capture that moment for you so you can always look back and see how your little girl twirled in the sparkles or your little boy wrinkled his nose and grinned.

Creating heirloom portraits of your sweet babies and precious families is her passion and the service that she wants to share with everyone.

She offers several types of photo sessions to best serve your family including themed mini sessions, styled Daydream sessions, and family, newborn, maternity and senior photos.

Plano Mom Offer: When you mention that you’re a Plano Mom at www.annebertelsonphotography.com/contact, she will be more than happy to offer you 20% off your session fee. Being a mom can be a crazy busy mess of a business, but she’s here to help you remember the beautiful moments when they’re grinning their faces off or there are tears in their eyes because they’re your children, and how could that be anything but special?

She would be so honored to have the opportunity to showcase your child and all of the little nuances that make each one of you beautiful.  Anne is more than happy to answer any questions you may have and would absolutely love to hear from you!  From the bottom of her heart, she thanks you for stepping into her world!

Now is the perfect time to get some photos taken! Want to capture your little one’s summer fun? We’ve created a limited time only Ice Cream Mini Session to help you treasure those fleeting moments forever. You can book yours now at www.annebertelsonphotography.com/acuity or email me at Anne@AnneBertelsonPhotography.com if you have any questions. Plus get $25 off if it’s your first session with me. Can’t wait to see you in the studio, friend!

Follow her on Facebook and Instagram.

Try the new Wholotta Box from Taco Bueno & win a $25 gift card!

Celebrate every day like it’s Taco Tuesday

This Cinco de Mayo, celebrate with 12 party tacos (or party burritos), 2 sides of beans, 2 sides of rice, chips and Bueno’s signature Original Red Sauce made in-house daily – All for only $10.

The thing I think that is really cool for moms is how much food there in a Wholotta Box. It really could feed a family of 4 or 5 or even a sports tea! I am bringing two Wholotta Boxes to my 10-year old son’s basketball game tonight!

 

Taco Bueno is such a North Texas Tradition. If you are Plano born and bred, you might remember going to the Bueno on Parker and Independence for off-campus lunch during your days at Plano Senior High. I’m sure that may of our moms fondly remember Taco Bueno and now you can pass the tradition of taste along!

I have a $25 gift card for you to try out. Just tag a friend here for your chance to win. We will pick a winner at random and notify you if it’s you!

Taco Bueno

Taco Bueno Facebook 

Affordable and Elegant Event Planning, Decor, and Treats

Planning an event can sometimes be quite overwhelming. Sometimes, we find ourselves with so many options that it becomes overwhelming, we’re too busy to fit time in to plan ourselves, or we don’t have any expertise in the planning area and we could use a little help. When searching for an event planner, it’s important to find one who treats every client as an individual, and who thoroughly enjoys what they do. It is equally important to find an event planner who is able to work within your budget.

To make things a little less complicated, find an event planner who offers other services you are looking for as well. A one stop shop can make things a whole lot easier.

Look at reviews and/or ask for references.

Check out their work on their website and social media pages.

Be realistic. Set a realistic budget. It is impossible to order a steak from a 5-star restaurant on a budget for a fast food restaurant, so have realistic expectations.

Enchanting Events & Decor is a special event planning, treat and decor making company dedicated to transforming your dreams of elegance into reality in a budget-friendly way.

Based in Lewisville, TX, the company strives to provide clients with superb customer service and a personalized and enchanting but economical experience.

Ensuring that our clients are stress-free and reassured that their event will take place seamlessly and elegantly is our top priority. At Enchanting Events & Decor, elegant meets affordable.

 The company strives to provide clients with superb customer service and a personalized and enchanting but economical experience. We plan and coordinate events ranging from weddings and birthday parties to nonprofit and corporate events, make customized handmade decor and centerpieces, make delectable cake pops and other gourmet chocolate covered treats, style dessert buffets, and candy tables, and offer event and decor consultation

Are you ready for Enchanting Events & Decor to plan your big event? Right now,  book an event and receive $50 off. Offer valid through December 31, 2017. Mention Plano Moms for the discount! Get more information here http://clementalan.wixsite.com/enchanting  Contact Chiku at 7733169875 email info@enchanting-events.com and find her on instagram @enchanting.events.decor

A Moms Guide to Understanding Insurance

Have you ever looked at your policy and it made no sense? Or have you been on the phone with the agent and didn’t know how to answer all their questions? Insurance terminology can be rather confusing. However, it’s one of the most important things you need to understand to ensure you are fully protected. Here is a Mom’s Guide to Understanding Insurance from Jennifer Alameda, at JK Insurance Agency. 

For Auto:

There is property damage and liability coverage when you are at fault. You also need to carry uninsured motorist to protect yourself.

  1. Are you adequately covered? When looking at your automobile policy, make sure the property damage coverage would be enough to replace your car and the other party’s car, if you caused the accident. I often see that people carry $25,000 in property damage. At one time, that was probably enough, but no longer so. Driving around North Texas, I rarely see a car that is under 25,000.  If I only carried 25,000 and I hit a car valued at 35,000 and it was totaled, I would be responsible for the difference. Have your agent review exactly how much coverage you have in each scenario.
  2. Do you need extras like towing and rental car coverage and is it worth it? Most people don’t carry this as an attempt to save money. Have your agent quote it with and without. You can then decide for the nominal increase in premiums if it is worth it. I always recommend this for my clients.
  3. How much should the deductible be? $250, $500 or $1000. It really depends on your situation. The lower the deductible, the higher the premium. The higher the deductible, the lower the premium. I encourage my safe drivers that have a savings account to go with the higher deductible and lower their premium. But there are cases when a lower deductible is preferred. Your agent can walk you through the scenarios and see what is the best fit for you. Ask them to run the quote both ways and compare.
  4. For the underinsured or uninsured motorist, have your agent explain how this works with the coverage you select.

For Homes:

Policies are a little easier to understand. You have property coverage for your home, your possessions and you have liability insurance in case something happens to someone at your home.

  1. Your dwelling coverage should be enough to rebuild your house in a total loss. It doesn’t have to be insured at the price you paid for it. Some houses in our area are selling for much higher prices due to demand. Speak to your agent about what is reasonable.
  2. Your personal property is normally covered at a percentage of what your house is worth. If you have additional valuables (jewelry, collector items, etc) these should be added separately as an endorsement.
  3. Most policies I have seen have $300,000 in liability coverage. If you feel you need more, you can add it, or explore an umbrella policy.
  4. In Texas, insurance companies do not offer foundation coverage caused by shifting of the soil. If you have a pipe burst in your foundation, then it would be covered. But if the earth shifts and your foundation cracks, it is not covered by insurance.

 

A few last tips….

  1. If you bundle your home and auto, most companies will offer you additional discounts.
  2. Shop around! Your independent agents have access to various carriers and compare quotes.
  3. Ask questions! If you don’t understand something about your coverage or have a question about what you need or don’t need, talk to your agent.
  4. Protect yourself! If you are not properly insured, it can cost you.

 

Jennifer has created a great offer for Plano Moms. For any Plano Mom who purchases a policy, you will receive a $25 Amazon gift card! The offer is good until August of 2017.  She offers free no obligation quotes for all clients.

Jennifer Alameda, Agent JK Insurance

Check out her listing in the Plano Mom’s directory.     Follow them on Facebook too!

Mom’s Best Friend Childcare

Finally, reliable childcare!

Mom’s Best Friend is one of the best nanny agencies in the country. They provide hiring assistance for anyone looking for reputable, professional nannies for their families. MBF also provides nanny placement for those qualified. They currently offer local services in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, Texas; Chicago, Illinois; and Aspen, Beaver Creek and Vail, Colorado. They also provide staffing nationwide.

Families turn to Mom’s Best Friend to find the best in Dallas and Fort Worth nannies and babysitters. They have a thorough screening process, resulting in a select number of nannies and babysitters. This saves you time and provides you and your family with peace of mind. They offer insight into the different types of Dallas / Fort Worth nanny and babysitter roles and positions, from nanny managers to child educators.

  • Extensive on-line application
  • In-Person Screening Interview
  • References checked and former employment verified
  • Extensive criminal background investigation
  • Sex Offender Search
  • Verification of Social Security Number as well as another form of legal identification
  • Motor vehicle records check
  • Highest level of education verified
  • CPR and First Aid Training
  • Agency Training: Nanny Professional Development or Babysitter Orientation

I know Moms are always looking for good quality child care services to have as contacts. Mom’s Best Friend is offering a great promo for all Plano Moms! Right now you can save $50 off our Temporary or Permanent Division Membership when mentioning #MBFchildcare.

 

Plano Shotokan Karate

If you are looking for something fun for your kids try Plano Shotokan Karate.

Plano Shotokan Karate offers several classes that are perfect for children and even adults. They are located off Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. Classes start at beginners for ages 3-5. Doing karate can spark the adventure of self-discovery, empowerment and unlimited potential, whilst getting in great shape.

They teach Confidence, Focus, Discipline, and Respect. Traditional Karate for Today!

 

The students experience serious, life-changing benefits beyond physical fitness when they train with Plano Shotokan Karate.   Most of them are not prepared for the soul-filling, heartwarming effects of our classes and how they change a person’s whole outlook on life.

Spark the adventure of self-discovery, empowerment, and unlimited potential while getting in great shape!

Our students come from all walks of life and start at different fitness levels. We love to work with beginners and elite athletes alike. No matter what your starting level is, you’ll get a great workout, gain lean muscle, and learn techniques to keep you and your family safe. Even if you are a beginner, that is okay.

Students use our classes as a highly effective training tool for personal defense, a stellar boost to weight loss and fitness gains, or even as a stand-alone martial art.

Are you ready to try out Plano Shotokan Karate? They are offering a great incentive for Plano Moms!  50% off their 6-week trial class (usually is $69). Take advantage of this offer by using the code PLANOMOMS50 at checkout on any of our age group programs.

 

For more information, check out Plano Shotokan Karate on our directory page.

 

Get a Will Set Up for Your Kids

After you have children it’s very important to have a Will and legal documents in place. It’s not fun to think about something tragic happening to you but it’s best to have a plan in place for if something should happen. Taking the time now to be prepared with a written will is beneficial to the family members that are left behind.

 

Here’s a question for you,  If you died today, would your family be prepared? It’s not something fun to think about but if something were to happen to both you and your husband, what would happen to your kids? Who would take care of them? What finances would they have set up for the future? You never know when an unexpected illness or accident can occur. It’s best to plan NOW. Thankfully the law offices of Lorie L. Burch are here to help.

If you do not have a Will in place and something happens to you and your husband,  did you know that the court will determine the guardianship of your children?   You will get no say in the matter because you did not have it written in a Will. Your kids could end up with some family member that you would never want them living with. That’s a scary thought!

If you do not have a Will in place,  the state will determine who inherits your estate, and the court will appoint a trustee of your children’s inheritance. You do not want these to happen! Having a Will in place will help your children for the future.

These are just some of the negative side effects of not having a will in place. The law offices of Lorie. L Burch does not want this to happen. She is offering a 10% discount to all Plano Moms!  Her law offices not only help with wills and trusts, but they also help with probates, powers of attorney, and estate planning. The time is now, start your planning today.

Displaying image001.jpg

 

 

Lorie is a local Plano kid turned attorney who has a passion for helping families set up simple to comprehensive estate planning, including Wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, and probate.  As a mom herself, Lorie realizes how critical it is to protect and safeguard your children…especially if the unexpected happens. While it is difficult to confront these topics, Lorie prides herself on helping parents ensure that their children would be taken care of in the event of disability or death. Lorie has a down-to-earth and compassionate approach to each and every family and takes the time to explain all aspects of this planning that most parents often miss. She is very active in her community and is an accomplished business leader and volunteer outside of her law practice. Lorie’s mission is to make sure every parent puts this vital planning in place to have protection for their family, and peace of mind for themselves.